"This cover has one of those really cool machines Tom built by the dozens. The artist knew how to make them appeal to young men of any age. Chrome. Lots of chrome. And yankable chrome handles."
"Artist: Graham Kaye. He had a 50s sensibility that looked back to old sci-fi projections, not to modern styles. Hence this ridiculous thing. You dont know where to start —is this a kite? Why is it trailing three shower nozzles? Did they buy that booster from the Cat in the Hat? And isnt the ship a little small for gallivanting about the cosmos?"
— James Lileks, regarding Tom Swift and the Cosmic Astronauts
"Same guy, attempting to be a bit more modern; here hes combined trends in automobile design with a small whale."
— James Lileks, on Tom Swift and His Ultrasonic Cycloplane
...the laboratories which created it are working at the leading edge of scientific bafflegab, even by raygun Gothic standards. (They're still using vacuum tubes, but very small and glittery ones.) It is a humanoid but obviously non-human machine with a transparent dome for a head (exposing some of those vacuum tubes to view), a polished metal body, and multi-jointed limbs.